Introducing… The Top Shelf at the Crane & Pelican
We are now offering our upstairs area for reservations of up to 8 guests. This is the suggested limited menu for The Top Shelf but we will gladly customize a menu for your event with at least 48 hours notice. Just ask for the top shelf when you are making your reservation and we will seat you in our upstairs area. The top shelf has a private bathroom, seperate HVAC from the downstairs, and offers a breathtaking view of the Mississippi river. Menu items and Bar options will be limited, but we will gladly honor special requests as long as we know in advance. You will have a private chef, bartender, server for your event who will of course wear a mask properly, and make everything from cocktails to desserts. We look foreward to bringing you this one of a kind dining experience and to making you feel there is a safe way to dine out during these trying times.
Call 563-289-8774 to reserve The Top Shelf at the Crane & Pelican TODAY!
Large Party Menus
The Crane & Pelican serves classy comfort food in an 1851 river pilot home in beautiful & historic Le Claire IA. We have an ideal location for weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers, bus trips, anniversary parties, holiday parties, or just about any special occasion. Private parties of 25 or more guests will be limited to between 3-5 entree options, & can include up to five courses of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, & desserts. We proudly offer the following pre-set menu options for private parties. Once you have selected the menu you would like to offer your guests, we will e-mail you a copy to approve, we will print your menu & have it on the table on the day of your event. If you don’t see a pre-set menu that you like, we will be happy to create a special menu for your event. Please contact Mandy for more information at (563)289-8774, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private Room – Our private room can accommodate up to 36 guests & can be reserved for lunch (11am-4:30pm) or for dinner (5pm-11pm). There is no room charge, but there is a sales minimum: Monday – Thursday $350 minimum, Friday & Saturday $450 minimum. This means you must agree to spend at least this amount on food & beverages before a 7% sales tax & a 20% gratuity.
Reserving the Whole Restaurant- You may want to consider reserving the entire restaurant for your event. This way you have our entire parking lot, & the staff’s undivided attention for your guests. We can accommodate up to 90 guests. We require a $500 non-refundable deposit to hold the date for you. The deposit goes towards your bill on the day of your event. There is no room charge, but there is a sales minimum: Monday – Thursday $1500 minimum, Friday & Saturday $2000 minimum. This means you must agree to spend at least this amount on food & beverages before a 7% sales tax & a 20% gratuity.
Linens & Candles – We would be happy to provide black table cloths & tea light candles for your tables. $15 for the private room, $30 for the entire restaurant.
Lunch Menu #1
$10.95 per person
½ salad with cup of soup
Soup & Salad
Dawley House Salad – Romaine lettuce with red onion, tomato, celery, & croutons. Your choice of balsamic vinaigrette, ranch, chipotle ranch, French, or blue cheese.
Garlic Salad – Romaine lettuce tossed in our house Garlic dressing with garlic bagel chips, & parmesan cheese.
Cream of Basil soup – Creamy & complex with savory fresh basil.
Soup du Jour – The soup made fresh that day.
Lunch Menu #2
$11.95 per person
Meatball Sandwich – Our hand rolled meatballs with from scratch vodka marinara, on a hoagie roll with melted gruyere, served with kettle chips.
Chicken Salad Sandwich – Roasted chicken with almonds, cranberries, bacon, onion, & celery on a croissant, served with kettle chips.
Asparagus Sandwich – Blanched asparagus with roasted red peppers, cream cheese, arugula, & lemon aioli on pumpernickel rye bread with kettle chips.
Lunch Menu #3
$13.95 per person
Chicken & Dumplings – Our family heirloom recipe handed down for three generations. A heaping bowl of hand-made dumplings with shredded chicken, carrots, and celery, served with grilled baguette bread. (Lunch Portion)
Lobster Mac & Cheese – Pasta shells, lobster meat, mushrooms, & roasted red peppers in a smoked Gouda & cheddar cheese sauce, topped with panko bread crumbs. Served with our homemade herbs de province bread. (Lunch Portion)
Beef Brisket Sandwich – Our slow roasted beef brisket served on a brioche bun with Swiss cheese, arugula, sautéed red onions & a sweet & spicy Aioli.
Dinner Menu #1
$14.95 per person
Chicken Marsala – Tender sautéed chicken breast topped with Marsala mushroom sauce, served with smashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, & our house bread.
Mom’s Meatloaf – A huge slab of our meatloaf topped with red wine & mushroom demi-glace, served with smashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, & house bread.
Pasta Primavera – Fresh vegetable lovers delight. Rigatoni noodles with our scratch vodka marinara sauce, sautéed yellow, red & orange peppers, squash, and zucchini served with our house bread.
Dinner Menu #2
$20.95 per person
Sirloin Steak – 6oz Baseball Cut Sirloin steak grilled to order, served with smashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and house bread.
Chicken Piccatta – Sautéed chicken breast with capers, lemon, & white wine, served with red pepper risotto, seasonal vegetables, & house bread.
Crusted Salmon – Salmon Filet topped with toasted pecans & a Blueberry compote served with red pepper risotto, seasonal vegetables, & house bread.
Dinner Menu #3
$25.95 per person
Filet of Beef– 6oz Filet of Beef tenderloin grilled to order, served with seasonal vegetables, smashed potatoes, & house bread.
Parmesan Crusted Chicken – Tender boneless chicken breast coated with panko breading & parmesan cheese, topped with a white wine Dijon Sauce, served with red pepper risotto, seasonal vegetables, & house bread.
Lobster Mac & Cheese – Pasta shells, lobster meat, wild mushroom blend, & roasted red peppers in a smoked Gouda & cheddar cheese sauce, topped with panko bread crumbs & baked until bubbly, served with our house bread.
Vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free options can be added to any menu!
Don’t see what you had in mind? Want to mix and match from a couple of menus? Want something from an old menu? We would love to work with you to create the perfect menu for your event. Making sure you get exactly what you want is our highest priority and we pride ourselves in taking care of every detail… Just ask!
Additional courses for preset Menus
Pick as many as you would like. Each starter is $4.95/person and will be served on an appetizer table.
Cheese & Fruit – Sharp cheddar, blue cheese, & smoked gouda served with fresh seasonal fruit & crackers.
Spinach & Artichoke Dip – Hot Cream Cheese chopped spinach, & artichoke dip with fresh pita chips.
Swedish Meatballs – Meatballs in traditional Swedish gravy.
Corn Dip – Cream cheese dip with sweet corn. Served with pita chips.
Shrimp Cocktail – Chilled jumbo shrimp with cocktail sauce.
Family Style Dawley House Salad – Bowls of Romaine lettuce with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, croutons served with your choice of two of our homemade dressings; ranch, French, blue cheese, balsamic vinaigrette. (Plated individual salads are available for $1 more)
Cream of Basil soup – Creamy & complex with savory fresh basil.
We can make just about any soup you can imagine, as we make soup from scratch every day. Want Tomato & Basil, Italian Wedding, Clam Chowder, Pumpkin & Sausage, Chili, Beer Cheese? We’ve made them all! Just give us 48 hour notice.
Outside Cakes – We do allow outside cake for a flat $10 cake cutting fee.
Home-made Ice-cream – Chocolate, Butter Pecan, Blueberry, Vanilla, Rocky
Road, Pistachio, etc. (One week notice special flavor) for a $4/scoop
Fudge Brownies – Chocolate brownies drizzled with chocolate sauce & a dollop of whipped cream. $4/serving
Tiramisu – Espresso & rum soaked ladyfingers topped with whipped mascarpone and espresso powder. 20 servings $89.95
Private Party Bar options
Open Bar – Your guests can order whatever they want and all drinks will go on the main bill.
Cash Bar – Your guests can order whatever they want but they are responsible for paying for their own alcoholic beverages. You may still choose to host non-alcoholic beverages. These sales will still go towards your minimum.
Drink Tickets – This allows you to buy one or two or more rounds, but not have an unlimited bar. If you select this option we will place tickets at each place setting. You can choose to limit what you would like the server to offer your guests as well.
Cases of Wine – When you commit to a case of wine you will get a 10% discount. A case of house wine comes to $183.60. You get 12 bottles in a case and 4 glasses from a bottle giving you 48 glasses in a case. House wine is CK Mondavi from California and is available in Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, & White Zinfandel. When you purchase a house case you can split it any way you would like and any bottles left over will be sent home with you. You can opt to only host wine, and have guests pay for any additional alcohol.